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On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Simon Garfield
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27. Dezember 2012
Cartography enthusiasts rejoice: the bestselling author of Just My Type reveals the fascinating relationship between man and map.
Simon Garfield’s Just My Type illuminated the world of fonts and made everyone take a stand on Comic Sans and care about kerning. Now Garfield takes on a subject even dearer to our fanatical human hearts: maps.
Imagine a world without maps. How would we travel? Could we own land? What would men and women argue about in cars? Scientists have even suggested that mapping—not language—is what elevated our prehistoric ancestors from ape-dom. Follow the history of maps from the early explorers’ maps and the awe-inspiring medieval Mappa Mundi to Google Maps and the satellite renderings on our smartphones, Garfield explores the unique way that maps relate and realign our history—and reflect the best and worst of what makes us human.
Featuring a foreword by Dava Sobel and packed with fascinating tales of cartographic intrigue, outsize personalities, and amusing “pocket maps” on an array of subjects from how to fold a map to the strangest maps on the Internet, On the Map is a rich historical tapestry infused with Garfield’s signature narrative flair. Map-obsessives and everyone who loved Just My Type will be lining up to join Garfield on his audacious journey through time and around the globe.

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 464 Seiten
  • Verlag: Gotham Books; Auflage: New. (27. Dezember 2012)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 9781592407798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592407798
  • ASIN: 159240779X
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 21,1 x 14 x 4,6 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 246.076 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)



"Mr. Garfield uses cartography as a springboard to similar explorations of how we have viewed not only the world around us, but ourselves." —New York Journal of Books

"His droll humor and infectious curiosity will keep readers engrossed as he uncovers surprising ways in which maps chart our imaginations as much as they do the ground underfoot." —Publishers Weekly

"A fine, fun presentation of the brand of cartography that continues to whet our imaginations." —Kirkus Reviews

“Mr. Garfield's book serves an immense need, connecting the latest geocacher with both the ancient art and modern science of the cartographer. Each may benefit from learning how the other approaches maps. Mr. Garfield uniquely provides that bridge.”
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Deep research and descriptive intensity. [Garfield] regales us with tales of such wonders as Britain's medieval Mappa Mundi… On the Map offers a world of revelation.” –USA Today

“There is a great deal that is good and charming and fun about this book.” – Washington Post

“Delightfully meandering.” – NPR.org

“Garfield has a knack for creating high-spirited, erudite and user-friendly books on subjects that may seem crashingly dull to all but a few fanatics. . . . Garfield is a terrific guide. . . . “On the Map” is a treasure: exhilarating, witty, compulsively readable and just plain fun.” –The Seattle Times

“Engaging …full of little conversation pieces” –Janet Maslin, New York Times

“Garfield is a wonderful writer who deploys suspense to excellent effect, making each chapter read like a delightful short story or mini-mystery; what might appear a dusty subject sparkles under his clear-eyed and witty writing.” – Smithsonian Magazine

“engrossing, endlessly fascinating… enlightening and impossible to put down… The length and breadth of his scholarship are staggering, while the witty tone makes for the most convivial of literary guides...an irresistible invitation to see the world, and delivering on his promise of “the map as story, the map as life.” –Booklist Starred Review

“Vastly entertaining.” --Bookpage

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Simon Garfield is the author of fourteen acclaimed books of nonfiction including Just My Type. He lives in London and St. Ives, Cornwall.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Piri Reis Map of 1513 conspicuously missing 28. August 2013
Von bernie
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I know everything. O.k. I thought I did about maps. But just like someone having to tell you that you're shoe is untied, this presentation tells the obvious fact that maps hold a key to what makes us human; how did I over look that?

The hard cover come packed with plenty of monochrome maps and pictures of individuals related to maps. The forward by Dava Sobel set the tone for what is to come.

This book in describing maps takes us through all kinds of history but does not have the time to slowdown so the author Simon Garfield is counting on us already having a general knowledge about "42 life the universe and everything", or at least knowledge of people and history, so he can show how maps pull it all together. I feel that I just had an educational survey.

There is a small section on California as an island. I wonder if it was a misconception or a prediction. In any case the Dutch map form 1650 is a nice addition to the book.

Missing maps maybe a sequel:
Piri Reis Map of 1513 "a world map"
The Piri Reis Map of 1513 by Gregory C. McIntosh
California's Avocado Jungle
Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death
Map of Middle Earth
The Maps of Tolkien's Middle-earth by Brian Sibley
Topographic Maps
How to Teach With Topographic Maps by Dana Van Burgh

Makes you want to get out your National Geographic Maps.
You will never look at maps the same old way.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Fun But All Over The Map 27. Dezember 2012
Von Samuel J. Sharp - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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On the Map is a very readable, entertaining look at the history of cartography and the use of maps with today's technological advancements. The book's target audience is very wide which means the writing style is casual and a vast array of subjects are discussed, including the maps of Ptolemy and Grand Theft Auto. Garfield almost always reproduces the particular map he is discussing, but these images are grayscale and often cropped, so you will probably want to view the maps online instead.

I read the first eight chapters straight through and the historical development of mapmaking was well covered. After that though, the book became a series of largely unrelated chapters that profiled individual mapmakers, traders, explorers, thieves, etc. The short "Pocket Map" sections emphasize the lack of cohesion in the last 3/4 of the book. The good news is that because the later chapters are standalone stories, a reader can easily skip past any uninteresting chapters without losing any broader understanding of the book or missing important information. This makes a long book much shorter and more enjoyable for most readers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read for map-addicts... 10. Januar 2013
Von Jill Meyer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I'm a map addict, history and geography jock, and a fan of Simon Garfield's writing. Put those all together and you've got a five star review of Garfield's latest book, "On the Map". British author Garfield has a wide-ranging oeuvre of titles. He's written about everything from WW2 wartime Britain to the music industry to the joys of stamp collecting (while also discussing personal matters) to a book on fonts, and, finally, to this book on maps.

The verb "to map" can be used in many different ways. Of course, the most popular way is "to map" geographical places, but you can also "map" diseases, family histories, economic development, and much, much more. Garfield writes about all these in his new book, but primarily focuses on mapping geographical places. He traces the development of maps from prehistoric ages, paying close attention to the various expeditions devoted to mapping what was then thought to be unknown. Expeditions like Lewis and Clark in the US northwest, the various expeditions to the polar regions, and the expeditions to find the China from Europe by going west. Garfield points out that by 1492, most geographers knew the world was round; the exact size and what lay where was still the missing component.

Simon Garfield is a lively writer, and he addresses both history and geography in his book. He writes about all the places that appeared on early, post-Columbus maps that simply didn't exist. A range of mountains in west Africa and several non-existent islands in the Pacific were the result of mangled streams of information. And the state of California was shown as an island in many early maps of the area. One of the most interesting things is to take a look at early maps of any area and see how detailed the shorelines were but how blank or underdeveloped the internal areas of countries and continents were. The book also has a really cool front and back piece; a map of the world with a super-imposed map of the type of the London tube system.

Garfield's book is full of little-known facts and explanations of well-known facts that would be of interest to most any map-addicts. It's a super read.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Poor graphic design 13. Mai 2013
Von Claudia Chapman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A book about maps with graphics so small that you cannot see any detail at all. What's the point? The maps were sized down to fit the page and were literally so small that you could not view names or details even with a magnifying glass and 2.75 reading glasses.
What was the book designer thinking? Better question: was there a designer at all?
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Maps are black and white 16. Februar 2013
Von BeezboNJ - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Don't judge this book by its cover. Highly illustrated - but with small, black and white maps! The reading is a bit dry, too. I'll finish it, but the rave reviews that Smithsonian Magazine gave this are overrated. If I'd seen this in a book store (and not on-line) I would not have bought it.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Where are we going with this? 16. Januar 2013
Von Art Shapiro - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The endpapers of this book have a map of the world in subway-system format. Subway maps are so familiar to urban dwellers from London to Philadelphia to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile that one might be surprised to learn they were actually invented by a known person on a known date. That's the kind of tidbit one gets from this entertaining if superficial history of maps and mapmaking, with excursuses into map collecting, map selling, and map stealing. The publisher, however, erred badly in opting for small, often unreadable and poorly-reproduced black-and-white illustrations. Color-plate inserts add appreciably to the cost of a book and are often unnecessary anyway, but cartography is a subject that virtually demands at least a few decent-quality illustrations.They would have improved this book substantially.
The other major shortcoming of this book is its seemingly inexplicable failure to mention weather maps (but see below). They are among the most familiar and ubiquitous maps for most people and they have a fascinating history--it is claimed that the concept originated with Benjamin Franklin, e.g. Fortunately there is a superb book devoted entirely to the subject, albeit at a much higher intellectual level: "Air Apparent" by Mark Monmonier (University of Chicago Press, 1999). Its author anticipates the absence of weather maps from "On The Map" by observing--in his explanation of why he undertook the project-- that for some reason mainstream cartographers seem systematically to ignore the subject. Certainly Simon Garfield did.
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